Airline Satisfaction Rises as Seat Demand Surges

Passenger survey

A steep demand for air travel has airlines adding some 116,000 seats per day to accommodate the 246.1 million air travelers coming onboard. According to Airlines for America, a trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, an average of 2.68 million per day are expected to travel on U.S. airlines between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2018. This number is up 3.7 percent from last year’s record 237.3 million passengers. The nation’s carriers are adding 116,000 seats per day to accommodate the 96,000 additional daily passengers they expect to carry during this period. Read more »

Coffee? Take a Little Vacay with That

Project time off

Is the chair half empty or half full?

Are Americans working themselves to death? Well, in fact, they may well be doing so but not without taking a little time off to think about it.

The good news is American workers took an average of 17.2 days of vacation in 2017, according to new research from “Project: Time Off.” That number reflects a spike of nearly half a day (.4 days) from 2016 and marks the highest level for American vacation usage since 2010. Read more »

Hamak Hotels: Seeing Green, Finding Gold

Kurtz-Ahlers Hamak Rep

Hamak Hotels continues to make a statement in some of the Mexico’s most pristine and historic locations with 11 hotel and resort properties … and counting. The latest footprint in the portfolio opens this summer with Chablé Maroma on the Riviera Maya.  READ MORE …

Norwegian Bliss: A Cruise Ship for all Comers

Bliss launches

By Norman Sklarewitz

As the newest liner in NCL’s young fleet, the Norwegian Bliss went into service this month offering the traveling public, an eye-popping line-up of services and amenities. For the more action-inclined passengers, there is the industry’s longest sea-going Go Kart track, a Laser Tag course and a heart-stopping water slide that takes the brave hurtling down twists and turns through tubes hanging out over the open water. Read more »

Art of Travel? Follow the Masters

How to travel

By Christopher Elliott

Travel is an art, not a science.

Read enough columns, and you might think being the world’s smartest traveler is a paint-by-number proposition, an easy formula you can follow.

But as you start planning your summer trips, maybe it’s worth asking if there’s more to it than just buying a manual or clicking on a blog or even reading the most popular travel column in American journalism. Read more »

Beyond Byzantium: The Road to Bodrum

Bodrum Coast in Turkey

For those heading to Istanbul for business or leisure, extending the visit to ports beyond the Bosporus can make for a rewarding vacation with plenty of beach, night life and shopping thrown in. History buffs still get a field of ruins to explore between people watching and sun worshipping along the shores of the Aegean. Read more »